Bayan files impeachment complaint vs Aquino

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Monday, July 21, 2014


POLITICAL partylist Bayan Muna filed an impeachment complaint in Congress against President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Monday, citing both betrayal of public trust and violation of the Constitution.

Signed by 25 complainants, the complaint was filed amid public outrage on the President's alleged misuse of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds and his perceived defiance against the highest court of the land when it declared unconstitutional certain acts and practices under his administration's DAP.

Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said in a statement that the Court has voided three of such acts and practices under the DAP, National Budget Circular, and related issuances.

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The Court further stated that DAP acts have violated Section 25(5), Article VI of the 1987 Constitution, as well as overstepped the boundaries between the executive and legislative branches of the government.

Amid the negative statements against the President himself, concerns are being raised by some as to the accuracy of DAP-related information being presented to the public.

"It seems that the public has confused the Pdaf with the DAP of the President, rashly concluding that DAP's funds were stolen from their money. I think that's unfair," Ednar G. Dayanghirang of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) said on Monday during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao.

Dayanghirang also explained the contrast between DAP as a pool of funds for agencies and other institutions and the PDAF as a pool of funds for the legislative body and their respective projects.

"It is not factual to conclude that the DAP funds are stolen because the presented evidences have yet to be verified. And if, for argumentation's sake, some agencies are found guilty of plunder, then the agencies should be held liable for the crime, not the President,” Dayanghirang added.

He added: "People like those in Bayan Muna are implying that PNoy is a dictator and that he has no respect for the Court, but what they are not saying is that the President has 15 days to file a motion for reconsideration of the Court's resolution, and he has done so."

Meanwhile, public speculations are rife as to the content of Aquino's fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28 - from pork barrel funds, to Yolanda, the Bangsamoro agreement, and the most recent DAP issue, among others. (Jeffer Joy Orteza, AdDU Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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